I initially bought this book because of the name Hamlet. Hamlet happens to be my favorite Shakespeare play. What I didn't expect was to really truly like it. I love Hamlet. She's such a strong, funny character who tries to hide the things that make her different but in the end realizes it's these differences that make her special. Something we all come to realize as we're growing up.
I also love the small theater scenes of Hamlet's life that breaks up the prose in the story. It proves even more just how much Hamlet is like her family even though she tries very hard to fight it.
My favorite part was seeing the dynamic of the sister relationship between Hamlet and Dezzie, which is the root of the story. Being an older sister myself, I am familiar with the arguments and the connections beings sisters bring and I felt that these two girls were sisters in the truest form. Albeit, a bit of a different dynamic with Dezzie being a 7 year-old genius, but in the end sisterhood is what it comes down to and you always look out for your sister.
In my review of the 1st part, I had listed 2 plot points that I would have liked to see explained in the 2nd part: the significant of winning another witch/wizards wand and the doe patronus. Both of which was briefly touched in this movie.
Ok, here goes one of my lists. Things that weren't covered:
When I first saw the title, I though Fantasy. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised to find that, while it wasn't fantasy, it was still just as good.
Firegirl is about Tom whose newest classmate Jessica was in a terrible fire. Her appearance is jaunting, with burn marks on her face and hands. At first, Tom wants to stay clear of her, following the lead of his other classmates. However, as the story progress, Tom finds himself getting to know Jessica and building a small friendship with her, one that changes his perspectives on people who are different.
This story is sweet and sad at the same time. My heart went out to Jessica, who had no control over what happened to her and yet has to deal with peoples reactions towards her. Then there was Tom, who became the reluctant hero in my eyes. Click here to purchase.
I found this book to add to my class and I fell in love with it. Mirror Mirror is a book of poetry, but what's different about it, is that it takes the same poem and writes it in reverse. The first line becomes the last line and the last line becomes the first. The main theme is fairy tales from Cinderella to Sleeping Beauty to Red Riding Hood. Each pair shows you different perspectives whether it's the hero/heroin and then the bad guy (Jack vs. the Giant), two characters of the story (the Frog vs. the Princess) or the double side of one character (the ugly duckling vs. the swan).
What I also love are the bright, bold pictures depicting both sides of the poem. Click here to purchase.
At first, I had a hard time getting into the book. I actually put it down for a while before coming back to it. But, I'm glad that I did. Once I delved into it, I couldn't stop. My favorite aspect of the story is the friendship of the four girls. It was great watching it develop into a bond that each came to depend on.
Gemma did annoy me sometimes. At times I felt like she was a brat who just needed a swift butt whooping, but by the end I did grow to understand and like her. After all, having gone through what she did with her mother's death and her father's distance, it can't be easy on any teenager.
As a fan of Shakespeare's work, I really enjoyed this story. What I liked was the mixture of fiction with the legend and history of Shakespeare. It was nicely woven and I never felt like I was being beaten over the head with a history lesson. I also loved the character of Hero. While she had the insecurities of a child, she had a quiet strength to her that would seep out every once in a while. After all, all "heroes" have some sort of insecurity, right? It's what they do despite them that makes them a hero. And can I say, I loved that fact that our heroine's name was Hero.
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